RMCCA earns Gold Seal: Hospital receives top marks, accreditation

Published 10:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2019

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The Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for safety, quality and compliance accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

“It’s so rewarding to have our safety, quality and compliance standards recognized in this way,” Chad French, CEO of RMCCA, said. “We believe that our recently awarded Joint Commission accreditation is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to provide our patients and our community with quality health care close to home.”

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The Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review recently. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance standards spanning several areas. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, CEO of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing executive of The Joint Commission, said. “We commend The Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and patient care.”

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon, chairman of the Healthcare Authority of the City of Greenville, said the results pleased him and shows the RMCCA’s commitment to Greenville and Butler County.

“In all of my years working with the hospital, I’ve never seen a patient survey go as well as that one,” McLendon said. “I’m very pleased that we received our accreditation. Above anything else, they said that we’re doing a great job and heading in the right direction.”

McLendon said the hospital is very important to the community, as is the accreditation.

“It’s a big deal,” he concluded. “You don’t know when they are coming, so this is very good. I’m very happy and very appreciative of the efforts by all of those involved. We’re very fortunate to have this hospital and we want to do everything we can to ensure quality health care for our residents.”